Linney found a haven that allowed him to focus on his writing when, in 1964, he discovered Yaddo, an artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs, New York.  According to Linney, “Yaddo taught me how to respect what I was doing, no matter what happened to it.”  Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Bellagio Conference Center and similar retreats connected Linney to a community of other artists, such as composer Virgil Thomson and novelist Philip Roth.  A member of the governing body, the Corporation of Yaddo, Linney spent fourteen separate residencies at Yaddo between 1964 and 2010.


The residents of Yaddo in 1964, the first year Linney attended the artists’ colony, photographed by the late Charles H. Hutchins.  Pictured in front, left to right: Walter Wynn York, Dika Newlin, Midi Garth, Roy Friedman, Neil Weiss; Pictured in back, left to right: Hugh Townley, Richard Yarde, Romulus Linney, Hyde Solomon, Stephen Sandy, Marianne Ehrlich, Lawrence Calcagno, Mac Wells, Helen Simpson, Alvin Kibel, Raja Rao, Virgil Thomson, Jacob Landau

Image courtesy of the Corporation of Yaddo